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On the Nuisance of Control Variables in Regression Analysis.

@article{Hunermund2020OnTN,
  title={On the Nuisance of Control Variables in Regression Analysis.},
  author={Paul Hunermund and Beyers Louw},
  journal={arXiv: Econometrics},
  year={2020}
}
  • Paul Hunermund, Beyers Louw
  • Published 2020
  • Psychology, Economics
  • arXiv: Econometrics
  • Control variables are included in regression analyses to estimate the causal effect of a treatment variable of interest on an outcome. In this note we argue that control variables are unlikely to have a causal interpretation themselves though. We therefore suggest to refrain from discussing their marginal effects in the results sections of empirical research papers.